Rushville Republican

April 14, 2013

Council gets info on trash containers

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Charles Parsley, from Best Equipment, gave a presentation to the Rushville City Council on containerized trash equipment and the types of programs Rushville could offer residents. The program offered numerous pluses if Rushville decides in the future to move to a new container program.

He also suggested a back side tipper mechanical arm for the trash truck to pick up trash bin that would be provided at each residence to eliminate having employees lift the cans and their exposure to trash.

The lids seal tightly, also eliminating the cost of water weight added to the city’s trash costs.

Parsley said the mechanical arm would reduce workman’s compensation claims; reduce the cost of collection; the city would have a cleaner appearance; and that going with this type of program would increase recycling.

The proposed bins come in multiple sizes, and numerous communities throughout the state have moved to this type of improvement in their trash programs. Parsley was invited by Councilman Craig Smith, who continues to look into options for Rushville’s trash programs.

Mayor Mike Pavey and Council members Bob Bridges, Brian Conner, Brad Berkemeier and Brian Sheehan also were present in addition to city attorney Julie Newhouse.

Mayor Pavey congratulated Darrin McGowan for being selected “Citizen of the Year,” Paige Newhouse for being accepted to Duke University and thanked INTAT for being a corporate sponsor for the upcoming Grand Prix. The Mayor’s Grand Prix will be July 19, 20 and 21 with numerous events planned including a Grand Prix Race and Midget Race at the fairgrounds and a concert at the Riverside Park Amphitheater with KIST: a Tribute to KISS. For more information, contact City Hall at 765-932-3735.

Mayor Pavey said he was asked where we stand with the question of the hospital being the sponsoring hospital for the possible ambulance service that Rushville Fire Department is proposing. Pavey said he has not received an answer and would like to get this resolved one way or the other by the end of April.

The Park Department will sponsor a summer camp July 15 to 19; more details will be available soon.

A joint meeting to look more closely at the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow project mandate will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 for the Board of Works, City Council, Utility Board, and the CSO Steering Committee with IDEM.

The city will also be spending time reviewing its employee policies on hours. Mayor Pavey shared that employees working 30 hours is considered full-time under the Health Care Act. Any employees that the city currently considers part-time, but who are working 30 hours or more a week, should be offered health insurance. This would not affect seasonal employees as hours are averaged over a year, according to the mayor. There are substantial fines if health insurance is not provided to 95 percent of qualifying employees.

The Parks Department received $5,000 from the Rush County Community Foundation for the shelter house at Laughlin Park.

They also received $457.58 grant from Rush County Community Foundation for an open shelter at the amphitheater.

The Board of Works promoted Rushville Fire Department’s Kent Clark to captain and Kirk Trebley to lieutenant.

RPD Chief Craig Tucker said he has been notified that Officer Griffith will be accepting a position with Shelby County at the end of May or the 1st of June. The Board of Works gave Tucker permission to start the hiring process.

The city also received approval for a new definition for a community center from the state for monies originally awarded through the Build Indiana Fund, clearing one more hurdle in the city’s ability to move forward with utilizing these funds for future city community projects.



Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107